b'so it would be more like corn breed- post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Marian mentofESNforprocesspotatoes.ing, allowing faster development of Bolton, who is working on the spe- His PhD student, Brian Bohman isnew varieties as well as faster seed cialtycropresearchinitiativeproj- evaluating if unmanned aerial sys-production.Todothis,theyare ect focusing on potato soil health. temscanbeapredictorofpotatocrossingdomesticpotatoeswith She is working under the direction plant nitrogen content. wild diploid potatoes from Peru.ofDr.LindaKinkel.Thefocusofthis project is the evaluation of soil Dr.AndyRobinsonwrappedupDr. Vasudha Sharma, although she microbiomes to improve soil health FieldDay.Therewasnotalotofdoesnthaveanypotatoprojects andpotatoproduction.Theother news in the potato world, which is athisyear,gaveusanupdateon objective of the study is to identify goodthing.Hediscussedthelatesomeoftheworkshesdoingon on-farm indicators of soil health. blighttrappingnetworkthatisvariable rate irrigation. One of the being tested this year. linearpivotsattheresearchfarm Dr.Rosenexplainedsomeofthehas over 80 zones that can be uti- work he is doing with his studies. AbigthankstoRonFaber,wholized for research, providing greater He is leading the potato soil health organizes the research work at theopportunitiesforfutureresearch project, which involves 10 states. A farm;AlexTruszkowskifromwith variable rate irrigation in pota- field trial was established this year Nichino America, for providing din-toes. to evaluate potato rotations as part ner;andtoPaulGrayforhelpingof this project. He also has projects organize the field day. Dr.CarlRosenintroducedanew lookingatthetimingandplace-Count on Techmark for all of your storage ventilation needs.Contact us at 517-322-0250.www.techmark-inc.comSEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019 POTATO GROWER 13'